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                                                               RILEY COUNTY

                                     SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE



Thursday, February 13, 2003                              Riley County Office Building

7:00 P.M.                                                                   2nd Floor Conference Room


Members Present: William Clark, William Eberle, Steve Galitzer, Dan Harden, Joe Kitterman,  Barb Sanner, Roger Kvasnicka, Monty Wedel, Dennis Peterson, Howard Wilson and John Woods.


Others Present: 


Members Absent:  Gerald Baer, David Bollman, Betty Book, Phyllis Epps, Jerry Ericson, Edmund Kriebs, Alan Ladd,  Molly Lindquist,  Karen McCulloh, Vicki McDonald, Taylor Miller, Bob Newsome, Chuck Williams, Judy Willingham, Van Withee and Fran Zerby.



Sign-in, Introductions  ­ Attendees signed the sign-in sheet.  New member Kelly Briggs was introduced and the other members introduced themselves. 


Approve the minutes of the previous meeting  The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as presented.


Update on Solid Waste budget   Dan Harden presented the current state of the budget.  He explained that due to a variety of factors, the fund is operating with a negative balance each month.  Currently the deficit is approximately $69,000.  Dan also reported that when he had visited with the Board of County Commissioners about the situation last week, that they made the decision on their own to raise the tipping fee $1/ton.  This increase will not take effect for a few months.  Dan projected that the County would not begin billing for the new fee until June 1 and that we would not see any additional revenues from the increase until approximately July 1.  Dan estimated that the annual new revenues to be generated by the increase would be approximately $50,000. 


Discussion centered around two topics.  First, the question was raised as to whether or not the County should begin charging businesses for leaves and lawn clippings.  After some discussion, Steve Galitzer requested for next meeting that staff present information regarding the amount of material of this type and a projection as to potential revenues. 


The second topic related to the plastics recycling contract with Howie’s Recycling.  Howard explained that the contract enables him to continue to take unprofitable items such as steel cans and glass in addition to the plastics.  Therefore, the contract is essentially more of a general recycling contract than a plastics recycling contract, even though plastics is the commodity used to determine the compenstation.  Consensus of the group was to continue the contract but the concern was with how to do it given the current budget situation.  After some discussion, Bill Eberle moved and Dennis Peterson seconded to recommend to the Board of County Commissioners that the plastics recycling contract with Howie’s Recycling be renewed for 2003 with the following stipulations: The contract be for a maximum of $15,000 in 2003 and that payment on the contract be delayed to later in year when adequate funds are available, but no later than December 31, 2003.  Motion approved unanimously.  Monty will schedule the matter with the BOCC and will inform the SWMC of the date and time.


Update on Bayer Construction CD Landfill  Kelly Briggs of Bayer Construction reported that the permitting process with the State is continuing and that they are closer to opening that they were last month.  He projected that official opening would be April 1st.  They will begin with accepting their own construction/demolition material and that from selected commercial entities.  Potentially they may accept waste from the public once they are convinced that administratively they can handle it.


Worksession on 5-year update of Solid Waste Management Plan  Monty Wedel led the group through several sections of the KDHE worksheet for the update.  Several more sections will be completed at the next meeting.  The update must be completed by the end of the year.


Next meeting   Next meeting was  scheduled for Thursday, March 13, 2003 at 7:00 in the Second Floor Room of the Riley County Office Building. 


Meeting adjourned